Los Angeles, California
Raquel D. Armenta is a Los Angeles native who grew up in Huntington Park, California where she attended some of the largest public schools in the country. She is a second generation Queer Chicana who is the oldest of six children and the first in her family to attend college. Raquel attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where she graduated with a B.A. in Community Studies. In college she was actively involved in student organizing efforts to increase access to higher education for underrepresented communities and building solidarity between student activists who were working to challenge inequity and inequality that people of color faced in and outside of education. Over the past 8 years she has worked at InnerCity Struggle, a grassroots organization that organizes youth and families around educational, social and economic justice in East Los Angeles. She began as an organizer in 2004 and ended her time at InnerCity Struggle as Director of Youth Organizing and Movement Building. While at ICS, she led their middle and high school organizing efforts, directed the development of a holistic academic services program for youth of color, and oversaw training and leadership development for youth members. She enjoys DIY crafts, web surfing and good food of all kinds!